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We strive for more: Developing a Cognitive Stimulation Program

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Oct 19, 2016 8:57:27 AM

In the early years of our company, we saw a need to develop a program for clients living with dementia. In an effort to better serve these clients, we researched available cognitive screenings.  Looking over research related to cognitive stimulation benefits, we realized that finding a screening sensitive to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), often the precursor to dementia, and mild dementia would be helpful.   Having such a screening tool would enable Choices in Senior Care to appropriately recommend cognitive stimulation programming to our clients at a time when it might be most beneficial in possibly slowing conversion to dementia from MCI or slowing the progression of dementia.

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Tags: aging, Aging care, caregiving, cognitive benefits, Dementia, Support

When We Know Better, We Do Better!

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jul 1, 2016 3:54:19 PM

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Tags: aging, Aging care, aging in place, caregiving, education, family caregivers, Senior care, Support

Teamwork Provides Your Loved One with a Safety Net at Home

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jun 1, 2016 10:29:39 AM

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Tags: aging, Aging care, aging in place, General, care management, Care Manager, medical, Safety, Support

Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls (Part II)

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 22, 2015 4:29:53 PM

In part two of our Home Safety Series, we’ll focus on making your home safer by focusing on the bedroom, bathroom and other living areas. Our goal with this series is to help seniors reduce the risk of falling in their home environment. By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 10, 2015 2:57:19 PM

In this article, we'll examine a number of changes you can make to the main living area of your home that will help reduce the risk of falling.  Injuries sustained from falls continue to impact the overall health and quality of life for many seniors.  By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can help to prevent the increased risk of a fall.

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The Savvy Caregiver - Tips

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 6, 2015 6:14:03 PM

Picture this: You have unexpectedly found yourself to be a caregiver, without previous training or conscious thought about how this role may change your daily life. Many caregivers experience a sense of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, as they navigate numerous new challenges.  However, caregiving can be a fulfilling experience, a time of increased self-discovery, a time of relationship and warmth.

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Tags: Aging care, General, Savvy Caregiver, Aging Life Care Professional, Choices in Senior Care, Dementia, dementia series, Dementia Support, family caregivers, how to help, Knoxville, knoxville senior care, Knoxville TN, Planning for the future, Savvy Caregiver Workshop, support for aging parents, support for seniors

10 Ways to Love Your Brain and  Help Reduce Alzheimers/ Dementia

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jun 28, 2015 9:58:32 PM

The following article, titled New research summary:  Lifestyle changes help reduce risk of cognitive decline, was published by the Alzheimer's Association on June 1st, 2015.

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Tags: Aging care, aging in place, Alzheimer's, General, aging life care association, Aging Life Care Professional, Choices in Senior Care, Geriatric Care Manager, Knoxville, knoxville senior care, Knoxville TN, Living with alzheimer's, Planning for the future, Support, support for aging parents, support for seniors

Caregiver Tips - Alzheimer's and Dementia

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jun 19, 2015 3:55:22 PM

At Choices in Senior Care, my job as a nurse involves constant interaction with many different clients, families and professionals. I want to share a few tips that I think may be helpful to keep in mind when you’re caring for a loved one that’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Dementia is a terminally progressive illness, and the role you play as a caregiver can go on for a while. This role can be difficult and challenging at times, but please know that help is available to you. Here are a few tips

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Providing support to aging parents

Posted by Jeremy Painter on May 6, 2015 10:43:35 AM

The following article was published in the Knoxville New Sentinel on April 18th, 2015.  Written by Sharon Pryse, this article offers a lot of great information related to providing support to aging parents.  A special thank you to Sharon Pryse and the Trust Company for sharing this article with us at Choices in Senior Care.

 

As we age, we have a greater appreciation for all that our parents have done for us.

As they age, they usually appreciate all we now need to do for them.

Caring for aging parents is something most of us will have to do at some point. This can get complicated even for those whose parents live nearby, but it is much more challenging when parents and children are scattered across the country.

What can you do to ensure a smooth transition into your parents’ elder years? Plan.

How can you and your parents plan, especially with so much uncertainty?

One thing you can count on, thanks to modern medicine, is that we are living longer. The quality of this longevity isn’t guaranteed, and may mean that some will need more assistance as they age. So, start planning sooner rather than later.

A few things to consider:

  1.  Who will handle your parents’ financial affairs if they are unable to do so?
  2.  Is that person prepared and capable to handle financial affairs?
  3.  Who do your parents want to make medical decisions if they can’t?

Your parents may have done a great job saving and investing, but studies show cognitive abilities diminish with age.

So, what is your parents’ plan B?

I recommend they consider consulting a geriatric care manager while they are still competent and healthy, and that they have a financial plan lined up in advance.

Geriatric care managers are experts on elder care who serve as patient advocates who ensure individuals get the treatment they want — or don’t want — either at their home or at a facility of their choice. They act as a liaison with family members and can often minimize family friction. A GCM is a fairly new concept but one those in their 70s might want to consider. More information can be found at caremanager.org.

As for a financial adviser, encourage your parents to look for an individual they are comfortable with, one with a good reputation and, if possible, one who accepts fiduciary responsibility.

Certified financial planners can be identified through cfp.net. Finding a person that handles tax and bill payment may also be an advantage.

Enlisting one child to handle all the financial matters can lead to disagreements and resentment among family members, which makes hiring an unbiased third party a prudent decision.

Assuring our parents have their plans in order will benefit everyone when the time is most critical.

Doing so can provide peace of mind and take a burden off your parents and yourself, allowing you both to live as worry-free in your later years as possible.

Sharon Pryse is founder and CEO of The Trust Co., a state-chartered bank with more than $2.5 billion in assets under management.

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